We take a look at the new seventh-generation Subaru Legacy.
Update: In the above video, we call the base Legacy's engine a 2.4-liter. This was a mistake. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder – the optional engine is a 2.4-liter, turbocharged flat-four. And to clarify, the 11.6-inch screen is standard on Premium, Sport, and Limited, as well as the range-topping Touring, which also adds navigation at no charge. Navigation is optional on the three lesser trims. We regret the errors.
Six generations and 30 years separate the original Subaru Legacy from this new one. Making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, the seventh-generation Legacy is arguably the most advanced version of the Japanese sedan to date. It has tons of new tech, an available punchy turbocharged engine, and a fresh design.
The biggest update is the new platform. Increased rigidity, a quieter cabin, and a lower center of gravity that promises greater stability and handling capabilities around corners. The new turbocharged engine is also a big upgrade.
The turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder ripped from the three-row Ascent, carries over to upper trim levels. Here is produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. But buyers can still get the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine on lower trim levels, which produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.
Aside from the new powertrain choices, the new Legacy makes its biggest mark with a well-refined interior. Unavoidable is the 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen display – the biggest to date in any Subaru model. Base model Legacys come with two seven-inch displays that divide duties between infotainment and HVAC controls.
Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite now comes as standard on all Legacy trims. New is a lane centering function with the adaptive cruise control that makes small steering inputs to keep the vehicle centered in the lane. Optional on Limited and standard on XT trims is a camera used to monitor the person behind the wheel for signs of fatigue.